The University of Gravel Roads


The University of Gravel Roads

The University of Gravel Roads

Global Lessons from a Four-Year Motorcycle Adventure
Author: Rene Cormier

At the end of a great day of riding and exploring, have you ever wanted nothing more than to fall asleep, exhausted from new experiences, only to wake up the next day and do it all again?

…and again? …and again?


Join the adventure as 33-year-old Rene Cormier politely removes himself from the working world that surrounds him and cashes in what few possessions he has to finance a three-year-long motorcycle journey around the world.

Never one to let excessive planning get in the way of a good ride, Rene runs out of money half way through the tour and ultimately takes five years to cover his 41-country, 154,000-kilometre (95,000 mile) route.

Written with equal measure of cultural insight and travel logistics

This light travelogue brings you alongside Rene as he pulls off the ride of a lifetime,

doing it the old-fashioned way;

no sponsors, no support vehicles

…and no idea about what he is going to learn along the way.

Winner of the 2010 Independent Publisher Bronze Medal for Travel Essay

Winner of the 2011 DaVinci Eye Award


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Nominated as a finalist in the Eric Hoffer Award for Short Prose and Independent Books


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The University of Gravel Roads
Author: Rene Cormier

ISBN: 978-0-981337-11-1
Paperback with flaps • CAD$40, USD$35
11″ x 8.5″, 160 pages, Colour photos
Author’s home: Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
BISAC: TRV010000: TRAVEL/Essays & Travelogues

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The University of Gravel Roads ~Rene Cormier